What will we see during Independence Day parade in Minsk July 3?


What will we see during Independence Day parade in Minsk July 3?

The military parade will be the culmination of Independence Day in Belarus, which is celebrated on July 3. The procession of troops and military equipment always causes tremulous feelings. The Belarusian word "parada", similar to "parade", means "advice" or "instruction".

I'll allow myself a pun: in the Belarusian context, the parade as a demonstration of military might and at the same time advice to a potential adversary not to interfere in our house. What will we see during the parade, what advice will Belarus give to potential adversaries and how is the preparation going? Anastasia Benedisyuk has the report.

This is the airfield in Lipki near Minsk. The air squadron of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus is based here. These rescuers have recently extinguished fires in Greece and Turkey and helped with a flood in Serbia. Today they are at home to take part in the parade. On July 3 they will fly over the festive and independent Minsk. This will be the first time Belarusian rescuers' airplanes will have been represented at the military parade.

Tadeusz Kursevich, Head of the State Aviation Agency of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus:
The first helicopters with flags go at a speed of 60 km/h. We go at 160 km/h and then helicopters at a speed of 200 km/h. They all come from different places. Then they converge, line up in one column with an interval of 30 seconds.

Different types of helicopters will be involved. For example, the small Aist-355 weighs only 2 tons, its brother Mi-26 is 13 times heavier. This is a unique vehicle. Even the Ministry of Defense does not have Mi-26.

Tadeusz Kurevich:
This is the cargo section. Heavy machinery is placed here, cargoes can be placed, ambulance cars, we even had fire trucks here. It can carry up to 20 tons of cargo, plus we take 15 tons of water. We can drop it on the fire. Here are the aircraft commander, co-pilot, flight engineer, navigator, and two operators. We work on the same frequency. We all perform flights in radio silence mode, but there is a supervisor who manages all vehicles.

58 aircraft will take part in the parade. There will be crews from Russia too. Each of the teams began preparing for the parade a month ago.

Anton Rudoi, student of the Minsk Suvorov Military School:
When you hit harder, the sound gets louder. And it feels like when our front unit comes it is accompanied by artillery shots. It is so cool. We open the parade, and we are greeted with the sound that we make ourselves.

This is Anton's dream to become a Suvorov School graduate. Now, for sure, he will become an example for someone else.

Each of the students trained several days individually to learn one move. Anton himself six times revised last year's performance of his senior comrades. Suvorov School traditionally sends to the parade the youngest students and cadet Rudoi is the youngest among them. He is not tall but will still be in the first row.

Anton Rudoi:
We must iron our uniform almost every day, so that there is not a single fold. Preparation for the parade is a very important event. Everything should be ideal.

Two uniforms and two drums. By the way a ceremonial drum weighs 2kg. Anton will take it on Monday.

Anton Kamisarov, student, Military Academy of the Republic of Belarus:
My grandfather is Adam Zakharovich Dudarev. He received the order for bravery after the liberation of Belarus. My grandmother told me that he had saved his combat comrade.

These cadets of the Military Academy were selected according to a special criterion. Every boy is the grandson of a famous grandfather. This is so-called 'front box'. Everyone has orders of their grandfathers on their chests.

Anton Kamisarov:
Grandmother did not mind, she said that it's good that I will wear them, thus the memory is preserved. They were not worn by grandfather for more than 50 years, when he was still alive.

In 2017, Belarus will send about 6,000 servicemen and more than 200 pieces of equipment. They rehearsed day and night. Even the rain did not become a barrier.

Among the new machinery we will see armored cars Caiman, border cars Volat, radio relay stations Citrus. Polonez anti-missile complexes will partake in the parade for the third time. Almost all equipment will be freely available after the military parade. It will form a line of 320 meters near the stela "Minsk Hero City" so that everyone can touch it. In the same place there will be civilian cars led by the giant 450hp "Belarus" tractor.

Ivan Khavansky, head of the experimental production workshop, Minsk Tractor Works:
Now we are putting the finishing touches. They work on some remarks we got after the dress rehearsal at night. We are really short of time but we will cope with work and will decently perform at the parade.

Anatoly Tatyanin, test driver of Minsk Tractor Works:
I participated in many parades. If you go at the head of the column, you set the pace and the whole column follows you. This is very important. A veteran of three Orders of Labor Glory will go with me in the cabin.

The parade will take place in Minsk, at the intersection of Masherova Avenue and Pobeditelei Avenue on 10am Belarusian time. Apart from domestic military industry and aviation some advanced agricultural machinery will be showcased. The parade on July 3 will be a tribute to memory and the demonstration of Belarus' greatness today.